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General News Archive - September 19, 2005

By Mark John BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany girded for a weeks-long battle for power on Monday after a knife-edge general election gave Angela Merkel's conservatives a victory so narrow that Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder refused to concede defeat.

By Ros Krasny TINLEY PARK, Illinois (Reuters) - Farm Aid staged its 20th annual benefit concert on Sunday, with a galaxy of stars pledging help for overlooked rural victims of Hurricane Katrina.

By Jeffrey Heller NEW YORK (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon headed into a battle for his political survival on Monday after collecting diplomatic dividends at the United Nations for a pullout from the Gaza Strip.

By Mark John BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany girded for a weeks-long battle for power on Monday after a general election gave Angela Merkel's conservatives a victory so narrow that Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder refused to concede defeat.

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Beloved but newly departed "Everybody Loves Raymond" was named best comedy on Sunday in an upset Emmy Awards triumph over red hot newcomer "Desperate Housewives," but another breakout ABC hit, castaway thriller "Lost," won best drama.

American flags fly everywhere you look -- from boarded-up storefronts, battered trees and piles of debris that someone once called home.

By Mark John BERLIN (Reuters) - The euro tumbled and German shares slid on Monday as Germany's general election gave Angela Merkel's conservatives a victory so narrow that Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder refused to concede defeat.

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Economic damage inflicted on the U.S. economy by Hurricane Katrina is likely to be modest, making the case for huge government aid questionable, said Glenn Hubbard, who is cited as a possible candidate to head the U.S. Federal Reserve.

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - An Iraqi working as a reporter for the New York Times was found dead in the southern city of Basra on Monday after being kidnapped by masked men, family members and a doctor said.

By Mark John BERLIN (Reuters) - The euro tumbled and German shares slid on Monday after Germany's general election gave Angela Merkel's conservatives a victory so tight that Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder refused to concede defeat.

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.